Thursday, September 18, 2014

A bit of fall house wander

I guess you need to keep up with the Jones's and join in on all the fall house tours that are popping up all over the place.  I thought we would start with the some of the main floor. 

I didn't put out a lot of fall themed items out yet (pumpkins, crows etc) but did change out a lot of the textiles, plants and moved some of my decor items around for some new vignettes. Away with the whites and in with the earthy colour. Our home really blends well in the fall time with the wood floors, black accents and brickwork.


i am totally digging the mustard tones this season and have added it into my pillow selections. the mustard and ticking pillows are also available in my shop

the fall mantel isn't too much of a change, i swapped out the lavender for some dried tansy. i am still really happy with the layout so left most of the items as is. i know super exciting.

i got the cute pinecone towel at west elm last christmas on clearance but i think it adds a nice touch of fall

the bathroom benefited from some dried yarrow i was on the ball with cutting in the summer and some white ceramic and stick pumpkins for a festive neutral air.

the yellow hand towel was anthropologie 2 years ago.

i did the same thing last year but swapping out the white and green books for some red ones is a super simple thing to totally change the appearance of your vignettes and add some different colour.

i took the big green frame down and replaced it with an old oak one for the time being to tone down the happenings in the front hall.
sammy got in on the action as he was trying to chase the sun spot around to stay warm so i let him oh so casually pose in the photo.

I have more fall to share but we'll save some for another day.

Have a good one everyone


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Linen Dresser, some listing and any suggestion?

Happy Tuesday.
I finished up this lovely dresser last week and added it to the mound for the show. Are you coming? Have you joined our event page? 
I'll be truthful for a moment, there has been a lot of real crap going on in my work life and I had a run in last night with one of "those" customers so, what I really want to do today is go back to bed and hide under the covers but keep on truckin' I will. Reading all the wonderful sunshine comments about Franklin and our office yesterday are doing some major spirit lifting so thanks to all of you wonderful faceless people out there.

This dresser is actually part of a set we picked up a few weeks ago but I am only getting around to this one for the show. I left the original brass hardware and gave it a simple finish with #generalfinishes #linen #milkpaint.
The wood detailing on the bottom half really stands out with the paint.

"the vignette"


I also did some more etsy listing last night so go check it out.

We are planning our next pre-show road trip. We leave Thursday for Ohio, Nashville and Asheville. Any food/shopping or scenic suggestions?

Have a great day all,


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Rest of the Office Reveal

Good morning everyone.  The sun is shining and the crows are squawking up a storm outside my window. They must know they are the birds of fall.

I thought that I would share the rest of the office today.

As a little reminder I purchased this secretary for more storage for my etsy business

and then that snowballed into refinishing this dresser in the same finish for a cohesive look

Of course when 2 pieces get redone in a room, it causes the urge to purge. Ha I rhymed.
Anyways, I cleaned off my shelves and got rid of a lot of my books that were taking up some space. I had most of them since high school so none were the great American novel, more like multiple copies of The Devil Wears Prada but they found new homes in family and friends and gave me again more space.

The feather fabric I ordered from Spoonflower finally arrived (great site, long wait time buyer beware if in a hurry.) I ordered it in the Kona cotton but next time will probably go a little heavier weight for pillows. It feels right in between quilting weight and home decor fabric.

I got some more storage on the shelves in the form of suitcases and baskets to store all of my odds and ends like spare tape, ribbon, packing paper etc.

I know bright light room but not really. Like I have mentioned before I think this is actually my most awkward room to photograph. The light comes in here in the morning but in a glaring way where it sends that single stream of light onto one spot and the afternoons are incredibly dark. Makes for weird photography. Maybe one day I'll research that light pole thing.
I left my sewing machines on the desk so you get a feel for how the space functions instead of me just telling you I really do use this space as an office.
Now though there is the addition of a dog sitting on the sewing machine pedals.
All of the ready to shop pillows are folded neatly in that crate on the trunk under the table. Vintage pillows have a separate drawer. I'm an organization nut, what can I say.

My bubble wrap hangs on the wall over the cardboard and wrap paper. The zippers for all my pillows are in that grain sack hanger on the antique doors. That way I just have to spin my head and pull one out and keep going.

Some of you got a kick out of the fact that I was stripping in the house in the secretary post. I was actually wood stripping this table. The top finish had gotten very chipped and flaky so I removed the multiple coats of varathane to reveal a gorgeous wood desk underneath. It is a flat finish now and I quite love it.

Well that's it for today folks
Have a good one,

Friday, September 12, 2014

Meet Franklin


Today I would like to introduce you to the big home change we had this week.
His name is Franklin and he is just handsome.

Let's go back a little bit though.
I didn't share this story at the time because it was just too much.
Some of you long time readers will recall that Trevor and I went on a roadtrip to Virginia back in May for our long weekend. We left our home knowing that our baby Milo was not feeling good. She had started drinking noticeably more water and not regularly eating her food.
My mom and dad petsit our animals when we go out of town and we love them even more for that. Watching a herd of pets a few times a day for multiple days on end is hard work but we feel ease knowing they are well taken care of.
We came home to find Miss Milly not doing any better and my parents having tried everything to get her to eat. 
The next day just went downhill from there and by the end of the day Monday Milo was barely able to walk. She held out for the whole weekend but when we came home, it was like she knew we were there and she could just let nature take its course. 
We spent the longed night of our lives up with an extremely ailing dog howling and puking everywhere. We were just crying and staring at the clock waiting for it to say 8:00 so we could get to the animal hospital.
Without getting myself or anyone else more upset, Trevor and I said goodbye to our 16 year old dog on our 14 year anniversary.

We still can't look at Jack Russell terriers without getting extremely upset.

On to our new chapter. I have a wonderful long time patient that feels just as sentimental about her pets as I do. She is very involved in our local humane society and we got to talking about adoption at her last appointment. 
A week later she called the office to let me know that although not a boston terrier, a french bulldog that she knew the foster mom of, had just been put up for adoption. The foster mom had him for 2 months and after many years and many foster dogs, compared this particular dog to her personal longtime companion He was that good. She couldn't keep him herself, as she was moving away but had told my patient all about him.
I looked up the photos on facebook and had that contemplation moment.
I put the photos up on the computer when I got home just to hear what Trev would say.
"You should go see him" was what I got.

I went to visit him last Wednesday on my lunch and he came barrelling out the door and into the kiddie pool they had set up. The volunteers let me take "Gregory" for a walk and he had the sweetest disposition.
Trevor went back with me the next day. I had told Trev that he was a bit bigger than Milo. Laughing Tevor's first words when he saw him were "You lied, he's way bigger than Milo" So I fibbed a little but I knew Gregory had a new home. 
He came home with us Saturday afternoon and we have spent entirely too much money getting him new beds, toys, collars etc. I wanted him to have his own things, not Milo's hand me downs. The cats have adjusted to him being around for the most part but, he still thinks play time is a 24 hour period and Oliver does NOT.

We weren't shopping for a new dog, I mean we had talked about it but, there were a lot of things we were looking for and a heavy shoe to fill in Milo.
We went through a ton of names because we both did not like Gregory. Otis, Lloyd, Fig, Finnigan, Ceasar, the list goes on.

I was hunting for old man names on the internet and landed on Franklin and it stuck.

So meet Franklin AKA
Frankie the Fig
 (we're nickname people, it's a habit)


He is a soft haired, one eared wonder with slobber and a bit of a nipping habit but we fell hard for him and are ecstatic to give him a home.
The lady that fostered him did a fantastic job teaching him basic commands and he was already housebroken so we are just grooming him to live in our home.


He went for his first car ride yesterday to get him used to the idea that everytime he goes in the car isn't to a kennel. We may have stopped to get our fall mums on the way.
Right after this photo he came crashing over the seat and smooshed a kale plant but he gave kisses to apologize.


And he may have helped me paint our front doors yesterday. He also pooped and ate it but that's life with a puppy.

I hope you all have a great weekend and thanks for reading. Don't feel sad about our loss, I wanted to tell the story and it is why I left it so long. It feels fitting to honour Milo by giving a new dog that needed a home a place to live.


Milo December 25, 1998- May 20, 2014 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pretty Weeds

Not too much to say today. A tiring work week leads to my day off to work at home today. Lots of pillow makings and dresser finishings for the show happening and if I am quite energetic after my Matsa tea (anyone else get into this energy green tea booster?) I may just paint our front doors that have been chipping away.

Cooler weather finally rolled in this morning letting me enjoy the fall decor without pumpkins that I added each night this week.

Pretty weeds in the dining room to share today in an antique battery jar.

Have a good one all,


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More great finds......

I shared the dresser seen in this photo in my post yesterday and since it was sitting there after we finished our weekend flea marketing run, I thought I would use it for sharing the new found treasures.

check out those awesome huge wood straight edges.

wonderul brass loving cups. antlers, some ironstone and quite old globes,
 1 is from world war II

it was an industrial schoolhouse kind of picking day


the long photo is an additive to my collection. it is in really poor condition but, the content is amazing with the men on horses. the awesome red house is a knit piece in an amazing wood frame. i just had this feeling about it so in my cart it went.

Well have a good day all,